Nestled deep within the rolling Hertfordshire hills sits Sopwell House, an enchanting country estate located in the picturesque city of St Albans. The dazzling white 18th Century Georgian manor house, surrounded by acres of charming countryside, stands proudly at the end of a meandering driveway lined with blossom trees.
The hideaway is a convenient 20-minute train journey from London St Pancras and boasts 128 stylish guestrooms, 16 exclusive Mews Suites, 12 acres of beautiful gardens, two restaurants, an elegant cocktail lounge, a swimming pool and spa, 15 adaptable meeting rooms, plus five ground floor banqueting rooms.
For the ultimate in luxurious living, the 128 newly refurbished guestrooms at the hotel are each impeccably designed in an elegant, quintessentially British manner. Duck feather duvets cloak the super king-sized beds while some guestrooms offer balconies overlooking the far-reaching hotel grounds. Slate, wood and leather statement furniture echo around each room and the immaculate en-suite bathrooms all boast bespoke design vanity units and ESPA toiletries.
To one side of the hotel, a cluster of exclusive Mews Suites sit peacefully behind a private gate. Originally standing as stable blocks to accompany the main farmhouse, the newly refurbished oasis comprises 16 Mews Suites surrounding a stunning botanical garden designed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medalist, Ann-Marie Powell. An infinity edged hydrotherapy pool with ceramic detailing sparkles in the centre of the stunning bespoke garden offering barefoot luxury throughout the year. Accessible only via private gates and surrounded by two-metre pleached hornbeam, The Mews provides optimum exclusivity for its guests. Some of the Mews Suites also encompass their own private courtyards with sunken private spa baths and dark wicker seating areas.
The Restaurant at Sopwell House is renowned for being an award-winning AA Rosette restaurant which marries British and European cuisine to achieve an eclectic menu. Meanwhile, The Brasserie provides an elegant open-plan dining area, which offers an all-day buffet menu for more informal dining, before transforming into a candle lit space for its evening à la carte menu. The Cocktail Bar & Lounge is the ideal luxurious location for traditional Afternoon Tea throughout the day and for cocktails at night.
The Spa offers first class leisure and fitness facilities, including 14 treatment rooms, a 15-metre swimming pool, gymnasium and a tranquil seated terrace.
Sopwell House is arguably Hertfordshire’s leading and most flexible meeting, banqueting and wedding venue. With an entirely separate entrance and parking area, the hotel’s conference rooms and kitchens have the ability to cater for all sizes of events, from small business meetings, to large wedding receptions for up to 280 people.
Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ For reservations, please call: 01727 864477 www.sopwellhouse.co.uk
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